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Federal Transit Administration Access & Mobility Grants

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Funding News May 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities, and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care.  ...
Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

Highway Construction News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
Construction management for Caltrain improvements
Associations News May 17, 2019
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board selects LAN as part of construction management team for Caltrain improvements May 6, 2019—The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the governing body for the Caltrain commuter rail transit service between San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy, has selected civil...
bus transit projects

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Funding News May 15, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $423.3 million in FY 2019 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects.   The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is authorized to improve the condition of bus infrastructure...
Greater Dayton RTA

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Public Transportation News May 13, 2019
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will be joining forces with the Ford Motor Company in a first-of-its-kind project to offer transportation in the region with Ford GoRide Health.   Under the RTA Connect family of services, Ford’s GoRide Health will add a new channel of...
state funding for public transportation
Funding News May 13, 2019
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Council on Public Transportation recently published its 37th annual Survey of State Funding of Public Transportation, which offers a snap shot of state-by-state investments in public transit.   The survey chronicles how...
Congress House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee budget
Highway Construction News May 10, 2019
This week, leaders from the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting two committee-related priorities be included in any upcoming budget agreement.   The letter was...
Public transportation and mobility improvements
Funding News May 10, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the opportunity to apply for $15 million in research funds through the new Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration program, which will support innovations in public transportation service models, payment systems, and...
Brian W. Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article May 08, 2019
A few issues ago I got pretty snippy about the unnecessary complication of buying a transit ticket in Washington, D.C. This past January, I was again back in D.C., attending the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting, and this time circumstance did not require me to use the city’s public...
Equitable, just, inclusive transportation
Transportation Management Article May 08, 2019
Transportation professionals play an important role in shaping the past, present and future of communities. The transportation network should connect people to jobs, education, opportunities and to each other. As keepers of the transportation network, we have a responsibility to the public because...
autonomous tech program for buses
Technology News May 07, 2019
New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, recently announced the launch of their Autonomous Technology Program.    This program includes development and deployment of technology for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and...
Amtrak rail service
Public Transportation News May 07, 2019
Following the success of the previous year, Amtrak is on track for its best year as the company celebrates its 48th year of operations.    Fiscal year ridership is up 1.3% through March over FY18, and Amtrak is heading toward breakeven on an operating earnings basis by FY21. Amtrak has committed to...
APTA
Associations News May 03, 2019
APTA’s inaugural ‘Get on Board Day’ demonstrates national support for public transit and increased investment April 2019—On Thursday, April 25, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its members celebrated the first-ever National Get on Board Day. APTA sponsored this national...
future of public transportation
Technology News April 29, 2019
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently announced an update on the development of San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan, proposing to deliver a bold new transportation vision for San Diego County.   The new transportation plan—dubbed by SANDAG as the "5 Big Moves"—includes ...
OneNYC Better Buses Action Plan

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Public Transportation News April 29, 2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced measures to increase mobility on the city's streets that will be part of the 2019 OneNYC strategic plan.    The package announced includes a detailed plan on how NYCDOT will implement the Bus Action Plan with the goal of increasing bus speeds 25...
transit system funding; electric buses
Transit News April 24, 2019
The Colorado DOT (CDOT) is awarding nearly $14 million in grant funding for alternative fuel buses to serve transit systems across the state.   According to a report from Mass Transit, the funding was made available following the Volkswagen Settlement Trust, which is providing the state with a sum...
U.S. DOT grant funding opportunities
Road Construction News April 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT has formally announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.   “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide...
public transit; public transportation ridership
Public Transportation News April 17, 2019
Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation in 2018, according to a report released this week by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).   Compared to public transit ridership in 2017, there was a 2% decrease in ridership. Compared to 2017, commuter rail ridership in...
bus rapid transit project funding
Funding News April 11, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a total of $1.36 billion in federal funding allocations to 16 new and existing transit projects in the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.   FTA is allocating approximately $424.8 million in appropriated FY 2018 CIG funding...
S-Line Utah Transit Authority

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Transit News April 11, 2019
Utah Transit Authority (UTA) representatives, along with elected state officials, this week commemorated the completion of the S-Line streetcar double track construction project.   The new section of double tracking from 300 East to 500 East will allow UTA to provide 15-minute streetcar service...
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